The Marion County Community Relations Committee has decided to let the full county board decide if county residents should have a chance to vote on leaving Illinois for a new 51st state. If approved by the full board, the advisory referendum would be on the November 2020 ballot.
Chad Hays of the Illinois Separation Organization says 632 people have signed petitions asking for the vote.
“What I presented tonight was to split Cook County up with the rest of the 101 counties and form a new Illinois with 101 counties and completely do away with Cook County.”
Hays says there are a number of reasons why their group would like to see the formation of a 51st state.
“We enjoy our 2nd amendment up there they could care less about it. Also taxation. Mayor Lightfoot just asked for another $838-million from Springfield for us to bail them out. Abortion, they want to go to full terms. Its just different in southern Illinois and we enjoy different values down here.”
The committee made no recommendation on the proposal. One member Steve Bradley noted the only two counties in the state that are self-sufficient are Cook and Winnebago Counties.
The full county board will take up the issue at the Tuesday, October 8th, meeting. It begins at seven in the board meeting room on the 1st floor of the courthouse.
Effingham and Jefferson County are among other counties that have approved of the advisory vote.